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Aug 30, 2013 7:00am PDT
on the crisis in syria. president obama, weighing his options right now. congress has been briefed. and white house officials now saying that the surprise vote in great britain is not going to stop the u.s. from acting. preparations for a strike taking place right now. >> we have full coverage starting this morning with abc's jim avila, who is at the white house with the reaction to that stunning vote in parliament last night. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. overnight, just as the president's people were briefing congress on their case against syria, telling the senators and the congresspeople, in fact, even if america has to act alone, america must respond. just before the white house began its briefing, stunning news from america's staunchest ally. britain is out. parliament rejected the prime minister's motion to intervene. and voted against any military action against syria. >> it is clear to me that the british parliament, reflecting the views of the british people. does not want to see british military reaction. i get that. and the government will act accordingly. >> reporter: now
ABC
Aug 26, 2013 7:00am PDT
. >>> now to the crisis of syria. u.n. inspectors fired on this morning as the obama administration ramps up plans for a military strike after concluding the assad regime almost certainly used chemical weapons against its own people. abc's martha raddatz has been reporting all week from the region and she joins us from cairo now. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, george. the u.s. is more convinced than ever before that this was a chemical attack and it is now up to president obama to decide what to do. the images, the evidence gathered in the attack have prompted this morning the u.s. secretary of state to issue the strongest statement to date, john kerry, saying the u.s. has very little doubt that a chemical weapon was used by the syrian regime last week killing hundreds or as many as a thousand syrian civilians. in the region this morning, possible options for a response are being discussed. the u.s. chairman of the joint chiefs and head of central command holding meetings with counterparts from across the region in amman. u.s. navy destroyers and submarines are now position
ABC
Aug 27, 2013 7:00am PDT
that what the assad regime has done will not go unpunished. >> make no mistake, president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: for kerry the attacks seemed personal. >> as a father, i can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him. >> reporter: while the administration is convinced a chemical attack occurred, the u.n. is proceeding with its investigation. those inspectors who came under sniper fire donning bulletproof vests to interview survivors. while u.n. authorization would be ideal, it is doubtful that will come. >> if the united states stands by and doesn't take very serious action, not just launching some cruise missiles, then, again, our credibility in the world is diminished even more, if there's any left. >> so, martha, as you said, this military strike could come soon. a tricky calculation by the obama administration. they want to strike hard enough to punish the assad regime, but they don't wan
ABC
Aug 14, 2013 7:00am PDT
, to the election of president obama, through the prism of this man. and you feel that the personal and the political and historic all coming together. >> yeah. lee daniels did an amazing job, i think when he directed, to be able to watch. the big issue between me and my son is, very much a father/son story in a lot of ways. >> heartbreaking in many ways. >> yeah. my son who gets involved with the civil rights movement, creating a better life, and trying to create a better life for them. lee is able to show you what this does to our family. >> and there's a wonderful scene, a scene that you're not in. but a scene where your son is with martin luther king. and martin luther king explains that people who are butlers, like cecil gaines, seem s subservient but are serving their people. >> by their dedication to work. they were able to move things forward. and you get to see, too, where he approaches my character, even in a quiet wall you're talking about. he tries to push forward the envelope. asking for a raise for the other butlers. trying to find equality. in his way, he's trying to
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